Expedition cruise line Hurtigruten has officially announced the name of the newest ship in its fleet during a ceremony in Chiriguano Bay on Brabant Island in Antarctica.
Hurtigruten’s expedition team member Karin Strand has officially named the world’s first hybrid-electric-powered expedition ship MS Roald Amundsen.
Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam said: “We could not think of a better location than Antarctica to name MS Roald Amundsen. I believe Roald Amundsen would be proud. With the ship carrying his name and legacy, Hurtigruten is redefining boundaries, challenging the industry and continuing to push toward greener and more sustainable operations.
“As Roald Amundsen was the symbol of a new era of exploration, this ship is the symbol of a new era in the cruise industry.”
Hurtigruten has built MS Roald Amundsen for ocean exploration.
Equipped with green technology, the ship uses large battery packs to support its low-emission engines, reducing CO₂ emissions by more than 20%.
Strand said: “I am truly honoured to share in such a historical moment as this with like-minded explorers and colleagues, all dedicated to navigating our oceans in a more sustainable way.”
MS Roald Amundsen is the first cruise ship to sail on battery power.
Following the completion of the 2019-20 Antarctica season, the ship will spend the 2020 summer season in Alaska.
In 2020, Hurtigruten will introduce a second hybrid-electric-powered expedition ship MS Fridtjof Nansen to the fleet.